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Britain's Got Talent has become one of the most popular shows on British television. The series gives a showcase to a mixture of undiscovered talent and performers who have been around for a while but not yet had their big TV break.. The 2018 series was again hugely popular with this year being dominated by stand-up comedians. For the first time a comedian won the show with Lost Voice Guy winning and earning himself a place on the bill for the 2018 Royal Variety Performance.

Britain's Got Talent Betting Markets

Major betting companies such as Skybet and Paddy Power offer bets on the show throughout the auditions and live shows. Some of the popular markets include:

  • Competition winner
  • Winning judge
  • Next act to be eliminated
  • Semi-final results

Britain's Got Talent 2020

It's been a stop-start year for 'Britain's Got Talent' and a painful one for Simon Cowell. The auditions were already in the can before the health crisis began. Shows were broadcast  but the latter stages of the competition have had to be delayed due to the problems of having audiences for the live shows leading up to the final. In the meantime, Simon Cowell broke his back in the States and will not be judging the live shows. He's been replaced by former winner Ashley Banjo from Diversity who already does a similar job on Dancing on Ice. The other judges will be David Walliams (how will he cope without his Simon?), Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon. 

The semi-finals began on Saturday September 5 with rather unfunny comedian Steve Royle making it through to the final. The audience for the show is a virtual one on a set of screens, similar to other shows such as WWE.

Jon Courtenay Wins Britain's Got Talent

Let's face it, 2020 wasn't a classic year for the show with far too many magicians in the final. Singer Jon Courtenay was named the winner in the final held on   He won with 35.7% of votes cast, more than double any of the other contenders. In second place was Sing Along With Us with 15.33% of the votes. Comedian (if you like childish routines that is) Steve Royle was fancied to win but only got 14.1% of the votes cast. Even unfunnier comedian Nabil Abdulrashid was fourth on 13.9%. 

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History of Britain's Got Talent

Brittish TV has always had talent shows and those of a certain age will have fond memories of 'Opportunity Knocks' and 'New Faces.' Both shows created plenty of stars with performers such as Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry, Jim Davidson, Les Dawson, Cannon and Ball and Bonnie Langford getting their first big breaks on those shows.

ITV's 'New Faces' included a panel of judges with Tony Hatch becoming the man we used to love to hate. Britain's Got Talent is just a step ahead on that show as now we see the auditions from the good, the bad and the even worse. The show began in 2007 and is presented by Ant and Dec. The panel originally consisted of Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden. The show was an instant hit and now has four judges - Cowell and Holden remain (Holden having appeared in every single series) plus Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

Previous Winners

2019 - 89-year-old Chelsea pensioner Colin Thackeray 

2018 - Lost Voice Guy - Stand-up comedian who had already established himself in the business and had a series on Radio 4. Unable to speak due to his cerebral palsy.

2017 - Tokio Myers won the 2017 Britain's Got Talent final with 24.2 percent of the votes. His mixture of classical and modern music continually proved to be a big hit with the viewers and the judging panel. He was seven percent clear of the runner-up, eight year-old magician Izzy Simpson with stand-up comic Daliso Chapunda back in third. That's one of the highest finishes for a comedian though he is an experienced performer on the comedy circuit and has since landed his own radio show.

2016: Richard Jones was the winner with his close-up magic act. Jones was a Lance Corporal in the army and used that to help boost the number of votes he received. His career has prospered since winning the series touring the UK with his own show 'Power of Imagination.'

2015: Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse (plus Skippy and Chase) - The second dog act to win the series, though many felt Jules should have been disqualified. The winning performance in the final saw another dog used for a tightrope sequence, but viewers were not aware of this being the case. She was allowed to keep her win but ITV were later sanctioned by Ofcon for misleading viewers.

2014: Collabro - A boyband that performed hit songs from the world of musical theatre. They have gone on to be a successful act though one of the original line-up has since left. They have had three top ten albums, with their first release getting to number one and their fourth album is due out later in 2018.

2013: Attraction - Controversially this Hungarian shadow theatre company were crowned the winners of 'Britain's Got Talent.' Their act included a great deal of British patriotism helping them to win the final. Since winning the show they have appeared on shows all around the world.

2012: Ashleigh and Pudsey - One of the most successful winners of the series. The dog act have gone on to appear in panto and there was even 'Pudsey the Movie.' Sadly, Pudsey died in 2017 but Ashleigh has continued to find success with her new dog Sully.

2011: Jai McDowall - This Scottish singer hasn't enjoyed a massive amount of success since winning the series. He was released from his contract with Syco and claimed that Simon Cowell was anti-Scottish which considering his success with Susan Boyle doesn't quite make sense. Cowell himself is half-Scottish as his mother comes from that country.

2010: Spellbound - The gymnastic troupe have enjoyed lots of success since their win including appearing at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

2009: Diversity - The third series of 'Britain's Got Talent produced two massive acts. Dance troupe Diversity won the series and have been enjoying massive success ever since. They surprisingly beat Susan Boyle who has sold millions of records around he world since her appearance on the show.

2008 George Sampson - The young dancer performed to 'Singing in the Rain' to win the final but his career has been anything but a wash-out. He's enjoyed success as a dancer and more recently an actor. Also having a successful career after appearing in this series was singer Faryl Smith from Kettering.

2007 Paul Potts - This opera singer was the first ever winner of the series. He has sold millions of records since and there was even a film made about his rise to stardom with James Corden playing him.

 

When and Where to watch Britain's Got Talent

The show can be seen on ITV on Saturday evenings. The live shows are on air throughout the week before the grand final on Sunday evening.

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